Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Lifestyle changes are a life sentence

Most people know that lifestyle changes are a primary focus when it comes to treating type 2 diabetes.  Eat better, exercise more, lose weight -- as if it's that easy.

Recent studies about the aftermath for contestants on the show The Biggest Loser demonstrate that it's not that easy.

After ‘The Biggest Loser,’ Their Bodies Fought to Regain Weight

It's a long article, but totally worth reading.  There are details about the contestants: their before and after weights, as well as their after-after weights.  In most cases, they regained a substantial amount, if not all, of the weight.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Dairy and diabetes, take 2

I find it fascinating how stories spread sometimes.  Recently I blogged about findings that whole-fat dairy reduces the risk of diabetes, contrary to what diet "experts" have been telling us for years about fat.

Now the story has gotten picked up by NPR:

The Full-Fat Paradox: Dairy Fat Linked To Lower Diabetes Risk

Now that the major news sources have the bit between their teeth, it's likely to get a lot of attention.  This is good news for those who have been touting the health benefits to full-fat dairy for a while.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Newsflash: Full-fat dairy is better for you

I started consuming full-fat dairy about ten years ago, and I'm not alone.  A lot of people have started to move away from low-fat milk, yogurt, and cheese.  Most people have done so out of concerns of processing, but it turns out there might be other reasons to switch to full-fat dairy:

The Case Against Low-fat Milk Is Stronger Than Ever

It turns out that full-fat dairy makes you less likely to develop diabetes.  Who would've thought?

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Watch out for upcoming vitamin D recommendations

Remember a few years back when doctors suddenly got gung ho about testing for vitamin D and recommending vitamin D supplements?  Well, it seems we might be in for another wave of that:

Vitamin D Boosts Heart Function in Study

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Diabetes costs you money... duh

I've learned a lot recently about how much diabetes costs to treat.  It really is staggering how many thousands of dollars more -- a year -- it costs to treat someone with diabetes versus someone without.  Now someone has come up with a figure that shows how much diabetes costs each person in the United States -- even if you don't have the disease.

What Diabetes Costs You, Even If You Don't Have The Disease

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Peter Lee: UnitedHealth is a whiny little b*tch

I have a lot of headlines saved up that I've been meaning to blog about, but haven't had the time.  I'm hoping to do a little catching up this week, though, so stay tuned!

This one harkens back to United's announcement that their Obamacare plans had lost them a lot of money.  Well, Peter Lee -- the executive director of Covered California -- says that United needs to put on their big kid pants.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The price of dodging Obamacare: Employer edition

With small employers having to comply this year with Obamacare's health insurance mandate -- stating that now even small employers have to provide full-time employees with health insurance -- it can be more difficult for some to find full-time work.  Many employers are attempting to compensate by keeping less full-time staff, but they're finding that the struggles of a mostly part-time staff aren't always worth the savings, according to this article from NPR.

Bosses Find Part-Time Workers Can Come With Full-Time Headaches